Slight styling tweaks and low output engines key to new Golf Plus
3 December 2008

The new Volkswagen Golf Plus — the high-roofline version of its big-selling family hatch — has been launched at the Bologna motor show ahead of its arrival in showrooms next spring.

This spacious version of the sixth-gen Golf adopts most of the standard car’s lower-output engines and powertrains.

The most popular models are expected to be the 121bhp 1.4-litre petrol, which returns 44mpg, and the 2.0-litre diesel, which returns 55.4mpg. Six-speed manual and DSG ’boxes will be available.

Exterior modifications include a redesigned rear bumper and LED rear lights. There’s also a choice of new wheels, including 18-inch Bilbao alloys designed by Volkswagen Individual.

The Golf Plus’s cabin is intended to be more comfortable than the standard car’s, with a premium-feel interior and higher-quality upholstery.

Volkswagen is also offering Park Assist as an option. This automated parking system manoeuvres the car into a parking space with minimal input from the driver.

Prices and specifications will be announced nearer to the UK on-sale date, but expect prices to start in the region of £14,000 and rise to £19,000.

Will Powell

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3 December 2008

[quote Autocar]the high-roofline version of its big-selling family hatch[/quote]

I'd originally thought these would offer increased room for occupants. A few years ago when my father-in-law got a new Golf, I tried the rear seat of a regular Golf, which was fine. Swapping to the Golf Plus and there wasn't enough headroom!

I'd expected VW to drop the Plus since I don't see many around, compared to the hoards of Golfs. And to my eyes they look like 5dr Foxes...

3 December 2008

Like coolGav, I have found exactly the same problems with this car. I struggle to see why VW offer it.

In reality, the people this car is aimed at are better off with the cheaper, better looking and in my view, far superior SEAT Altea. Don't get me wrong, that car is not perfect but it is better than the Golf.

Perhaps this why you see shed loads of the SEAT and virtually none of the VW's.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

3 December 2008

[quote Autocar]big-selling[/quote]

Really?

3 December 2008

[quote Quattro369]

[quote Autocar]big-selling[/quote]

Really?

[/quote]

meaning the golf, not the plus.

It's a golf you can wear a top hat in. That'll be handy then.... maybe.

4 December 2008

Big improvement over the current model. Still, a bit more flexibility and lower emissions would have been welcome, I reckon.

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

4 December 2008

[quote Mini1]Big improvement over the current model. Still, a bit more flexibility and lower emissions would have been welcome, I reckon.[/quote]

Autocar haven't possibly made this clear. The revised Golf Plus gets the new 2 litre common rail TDI engine in 110PS and 140PS outputs, with average 5L/100km(~55mpg) consumption, This is 0.8L/100km less than the old engine.

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